when you dunk your pieces into the future floor stuff, how long does it stay tacky? i've poured a bit out, to test it, and it still hasn't quite solidified, as it were.. any tips? please?
Well, pieces aren't usually dunked into Future (sometimes clayers do dunk in Varathane though if they want a reallly thick glossy shine ... Varathane is a clear water-based wood finish).
You don't say how long you waited though... Future will dry hard (and I still have a spill on my photocopier cover to prove it!), but it can take a while just like any acrylic finish.
Some people like to put clay items finished with Future (or Varathane, etc.) back in the oven for a 5-10 min re-bake at 200-250 to "harden" the finish even more (and more quickly), so you might want to try that. Or just wait ... in an hour or so it shouldn't be tacky, but it can take up to 12-24 hrs. to fully dry
Sometimes Future is applied while the clay is still hot from the oven too... in that case, it kind of sinks in and leaves only a nice sheen. For a glossy shine, it needs to be applied (with a brush or other ways, even in the hands) when the clay is cool... additional coats can be added if a higher gloss is wanted.
(Varathane is thicker than Future, and will give more gloss with fewer coats.)
(I'm assuming you didn't use anything else
in or on your clay which could be reacting with it, and keeping it sticky.)
For lots more info on Future and Varathane and how to use them (plus other finishes for clay), check out this page:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/finishes.htm
GlassAttic....polymer clay "encyclopedia" http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
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